Has classroom-based training had its day?

13 Jun 2012

Picture a traditional classroom with rows of students and a knowledgeable expert at the front of the room. It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to find the time away from their work to attend such trainings. Moreover the expert isn’t available when you get stuck with something later. Ergo, there is no long-term shared interaction.

In 2012 learners’ expectations of how to get information have skyrocketed. Today’s kids have increasingly limited attention spans. In such a scenario, a four-to six-minute video lesson blends entertainment as well as practical application. How such instructional videos are integrated into an overall approach will make the difference. Let us take the example of an up-and-coming coaching class. In order to expand operations, they recorded the live classes they took each week at their Bangalore base and subsequently played these videos across various cities. After explaining each concept in class, the coach gave adequate breaks for students to practice what they had learnt. Additionally, he paid attention to key factors like the pace, the student’s reactions, the examples used and the visual representation as a whole. So, instead of being monotonous, students absorbed and enjoyed the video lessons.

Another important part of learning is relevance. It has to be just in time- searching for exactly what I need when I need it. Consequently by providing opportunities for reflection or feedback, the learning process is further accelerated in a way that is both personal and sustainable.

The truth of the matter is there are a lot of ways in which people can learn, and they all have their place. But it seems almost certain that instructional videos and online tools will continue to multiply.

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